Hosted by the MRI in May, this GEO GNOME Status and Scoping Workshop focused on different needs for mountain data and the role of GEO GNOME in curating and providing this data. The actions planned as a result of this workshop will improve both the spatial and thematic span of mountain data, as well as the availability of mountain data for policy information needs.

The GEO GNOME (Group on Earth Observations Global Network for Observation and Information in Mountain Environments) Status and Scoping Workshop was called in order to review and bring to fruition the recently revised GEO GNOME work plan for 2018-2019. Active participants of the GEO GNOME effort, as well as others identified as having key expertise on the subject matter, were invited to attend.

E 2018 SDG Poster without UN emblem Letter USWhich of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal targets are most relevant to mountains in the context of global change? As part of an MRI collaborative project, several workshops are currently being held in the world’s mountain regions to find out.

To achieve sustainable development, mountain communities and ecosystems must overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities that are specific to the mountain context. Monitoring the progress of mountain regions as they work towards sustainable mountain development therefore needs to be contextualized to effectively guide, coordinate, and assess development efforts.

taiwan 1117008 1280A new paper published in Climate Dynamics investigates the impact of spatial resolution in one global climate model on the representation of elevation-dependent warming (EDW), and highlights possible differences in EDW and in its causes in different mountain regions. We talk to paper author Dr. Elisa Palazzi about the significance of this research.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests warming rates are amplified by elevation, with high mountain areas experiencing more rapid changes in temperature than lower elevation environments. This has serious implications for both mountain ecosystems and areas downstream.

ice 690964 smallThe World Climate Research Programme is soliciting offers to host an International Project Office (IPO) to coordinate its cryospheric activities from 1 January 2019 onward.

The Climate and Cryosphere Core Project (CliC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) serves as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interaction with the broader climate system.

glacier smallA paper published in the journal Science earlier this month suggests a new formula for estimating the speed of ice sheet flow - with implications for predictions of sea level rise.

Data from 140 glaciers in Greenland was analysed by researchers at the University of Kansas in order to shed further light on processes at the ice-bed interface. 

arid mountain landscape 200x150This review is a vital part of the IPCC assessment process, and aims to include the broadest possible scientific perspective. The MRI encourages the mountain research community to get involved!

The Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land will take place from 11 June to 5 August 2018.

alaska 907724200x150The first global assessment of the state of, trends in, and relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being in the world's mountains needs your expertise! Contribute via online survey by 15 June. 

In January 2018, the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) launched the project 'Toward Biodiversity-Related Opportunities for Sustainable Development - A Global Social-Ecological Mountain Comparison.' The aim of this project is to perform a first assessment of the state of, trends in, and relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being in the world's mountains.

avalanche 2518679 1280The University Grenoble Alpes, France, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, are leading European Universities and active in research on extreme environments, in particular high mountains and the poles. As part of a joint research project, they are offering a PhD project on snow sintering in Antarctica.

Measuring and modelling important snow deposition processes and initial hardening will be your main responsibility. You will work on existing and new data sets from automatic weather stations, remote sensing, and the snow micropen device in order to develop an improved physical understanding of initial snow sintering after deposition.

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